PM can ap­point any­one as ad­viser: IHC rules

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

is­ter did not ap­point a qual­i­fied per­son as his ad­viser, it is his prerog­a­tive."

In his ar­gu­ments, the pe­ti­tioner's coun­sel Aman­ul­lah Kin­rani ar­gued that the ap­point­ment of un­elected mem­bers was against the Na­tional Assem­bly's rules, at which Jus­tice Mi­nal­lah said: "Con­sti­tu­tion­ally, the prime min­is­ter can ap­point any­one as ad­viser." "Shahzad Ak­bar is part of the fed­eral cabi­net," Kin­rani said.

Jus­tice Mi­nal­lah said that the IHC, in its rul­ing in a case per­tain­ing to the sugar scam, had said that Ak­bar "can­not be a part of the fed­eral cabi­net".The pe­ti­tioner's lawyer told the court that dur­ing yes­ter­day's sit­ting of the lower house, Ak­bar had an­swered ques­tions even though fed­eral min­is­ters were present. He fur­ther said that ac­cord­ing to the rules of busi­ness, ac­count­abil­ity is an in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tion.

"What has hap­pened now to cause fear that he (Ak­bar) is in­ter­fer­ing in NAB?" the IHC chief jus­tice inquired. The pe­ti­tioner said that that anti-cor­rup­tion laws have been sep­a­rated from the ac­count­abil­ity in­sti­tu­tion, at which Jus­tice Mi­nal­lah said: "Merely nam­ing does not prove in­ter­fer­ence."

"Did he (Ak­bar) in­ter­fere in the mat­ters of NAB chair­man? Did he in­ter­fere in FIA? You have not pre­sented any such thing to us." Jus­tice Mi­nal­lah noted that the prime min­is­ter was an­swer­able to the par­lia­ment, adding: "We should strengthen the par­lia­ment." He fur­ther said that if the mat­ter was re­lated to rule of law, the pe­ti­tioner should take it to the rel­e­vant bar coun­cils. "Lack of gov­er­nance and lack of im­ple­men­ta­tion of laws cause some is­sues," he said and added: "In­stead of in­vest­ing time in such mat­ters, shouldn't we al­lot it to com­mon pe­ti­tion­ers?" The high court re­served its ver­dict on the case.

Ak­bar is also nom­i­nated in an­other case, in which the ap­point­ments of 15 SAPMs have been chal­lenged. The case is be­ing heard by a sep­a­rate bench of the IHC.

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